|pastel in progress....|
I am trying to train myself to look for abstract shapes and start off a painting by painting those abstract shapes, rather than the "things".
It is a lot of fun!!! I really enjoy it. To help me, I take a good photo of mine (good contrast of darks and lights and interesting patterns of the same). Then on Photoshop, I use the "Cut Out" filter. It simplifies the shapes into about 5 colors and 5 values. It is what I am supposed to do in my brain by squinting, but some pattern shapes are difficult to comprehend, so this method really helps me. I print the "cut out" version of my photo and then follow it as a guide. I tried to match the pastels to the shapes in print, and I drew by hand (I don't want to TOTALLY copy a photo - even a filter version) and filled in with the colored pastel. Then I had a "map" to which I can lay strokes of pastel and add more definition where I want.
Now I will work from the actual photo, to guide me with the next stage....I'm really looking forward to finishing this.